I really wish I could take credit for this story, because I’ve used it several times speaking publicly. Likewise, I wish I could remember where and when I first heard it;
A man steps into a taxi on a bustling city street one day, and simply tells the diver, “Drive”.
Unsure of himself, the taxi driver pulls into traffic, and takes off down the avenue. After a few blocks, the passenger slaps the driver on the back of the head and yells, “WHY DIDN’T YOU TURN RIGHT THERE?”
The confused driver meekly answers, “I didn’t know you wanted to go down that street!”
A few blocks later, the man slaps the driver on the back of the head again and screams, “YOU’VE MISSED THE TURN AGAIN! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!”
Flustered, the driver turns the taxi around to take the road he was chastised for not taking. This scenario happens several more times before the frustrated taxi driver finally has enough, and leaves the passenger helpless and alone on the side of a busy street, miles from his destination.
Do we do this to our children? Do we punish a child before we explain to them the direction they need to take? How many times do we chastise and punish our children for an action they may not know is wrong, without first explaining to them that it is wrong and why it is wrong?
This is where the toes start to hurt (at least for me);
Do our children see a clear path in OUR lives that they can follow? If not, why not?
If we wish to preserve our Nation, our morals, and our freedom, we MUST follow the path ourselves, and then teach our children to follow the path by raising them with knowledge, patience, and integrity. Discipline is necessary, but without instruction first, it is only frustrating to a child.
Love & regards